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Ko Tao is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Tao as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Tao’s different areas.

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Budgeteers who prefer a secluded locale should be happy in Haad Sai Daeng. Those after comforts in a similarly off-the-radar setting might check out Ao Taa Chaa or Ao Thian Ok.

Ao Thian Ok

The beach itself is home to just two resorts only one of which is budget. A third perches on the headland overlooking the bay. The main stretch of the beach is owned by one upscale resort, which restricts access to non guests. This bay is easier to get to than neighbouring Haad Sai Daeng, making it the better choice for staying in a quiet locale while still being in reach of a night out in the busier areas.

Jamahkiri Resort & Spa
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
21/2 Moo 3, Thian Ok, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 400-1

Jamahkiri Resort and Spa claims to offer its guests nothing but the best of everything. The stunning grounds are sprawled along a rocky cliff overlooking the clear blue waters of An Thian Ok. Jamahkiri's architecture blends elegant Thai design and tropical flare with a modern twist. The large privately-located rooms provide utmost comfort and class. Jamahkiri's Benjarong restaurant is one of the... Read our full review of Jamahkiri Resort & Spa.

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The Haad Tien Beach Resort
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
Ao Thian Ok, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 580

This beautiful resort lazily stretches almost the full length of the beach. It has a modern sophisticated air yet its design ensures a natural feel is maintained. Accommodation is a range of well crafted, comfortable and spacious villas. The resort boasts a slate grey beachside lap pool as well as a comfortable sea facing restaurant with comfy beach loungers too. It’s an ideal spot for a... Read our full review of The Haad Tien Beach Resort.

Rocky Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Thian Ok, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 035

Rocky Resort, on the eastern end of Ao Thian Ok, offers a mixed bag of bungalow options with all of their rooms quite shabby. Some of them don't have mosquito nets or have adjoining balconies offering no privacy. Some line the water but just about every room at Rocky Resort has a view of the beach and the bay. The restaurant is set on the water and serves a limited menu of cheap food, but the... Read our full review of Rocky Resort.

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Ao Taa Chaa

On the east side of the peninsula that separates Chalok Ban Kao from Thian Ok sits Ao Taa Chaa. This secluded beach area is tiny and very private and belongs to New Heaven Bungalows.

OK II Bungalows
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Ao Taa Chaa, Ko Tao
T: (077) 456 506

OK II is located on a tranquil hillside overlooking Ao Taa Chaa and its charm lies in its rustic ambience. The rooms are small and basic but clean and are built around the hill's natural features. You are likely to find natural boulders making up part of your bedroom or bathroom. The view here is definitely the best part, and each bungalow has a small deck with chairs from which to enjoy the... Read our full review of OK II Bungalows.

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Haad Sai Daeng

With a relatively long stretch of beach and just two bungalow operations, this is a very peaceful spot. Enjoy great snorkeling and swimming in the pristine waters.

Coral View Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
50 Moo 3, Haad Sai Daeng, Ko Tao
T: ((077) 456 482

Coral View Resort, a hidden paradise set along Haad Sai Daeng, offers a range of accommodation from the beachside and up into the well kept valley and serene gardens. Relaxing, snorkelling, swimming, kayaking or hypnotic wave counting are the order of the day in this peaceful part of the island. The Coral View Restaurant is a bit spendy but offers good food and even better views of the beach.... Read our full review of Coral View Resort.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Ao Thian Ok? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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